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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Celebrates First-Year Accomplishments

MEMPHIS, TENN (November 1, 2021) – Recently, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a farm level, science-based program that sets a new standard in more sustainably grown cotton celebrated one-year since its official launch. The Trust Protocol brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to sustainable cotton production and drives continuous improvement in six key sustainability metrics– …

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Energy Use and U.S. Cotton Production

Did you know that the U.S. cotton industry has reduced its energy use by 54% over the past 35 years? But there’s always more to be done. That’s why the Trust Protocol is advancing on this progress with its goal of using 15% less energy by 2025.

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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes Sri Lankan Origin Global Apparel Manufacturer Hela Clothing as New Member

MEMPHIS, TENN (October 7, 2021) – The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes global apparel manufacturer Hela Clothing, a provider of sustainability-focused supply chain solutions, as a new member. With facilities located in Sri Lanka, Kenya Ethiopia and Egypt, the company supplies products for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, VF …

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Grievance Policy

 The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol (“USCTP”) Grievance Process provides a forum for review and resolution of alleged violations of the Code of Conduct. 

Engaging Stakeholders

 This document, prepared in support of Trust Protocol application for ISEAL community membership, summarises the ongoing monitoring, stakeholder consultation and review of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol to ensure it remains relevant to its goals to improve the impact of U.S.-grown cotton on people and planet. 

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Adds Global Apparel Leader, PVH Corp., and its Iconic Brands as Members

MEMPHIS, TENN (September 9, 2021) – The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is pleased to announce the membership of PVH Corp., one of the largest global apparel companies. This membership will help PVH achieve its commitment to sustainably source 100% of its cotton by 2025. By joining the Trust Protocol, PVH will receive verified data on sustainability …

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Meet Our Growers

Aaron Barcellos

California

I am a fourth-generation grower from Marianna, Arkansas—the east part of the state. After earning my law degree in 2005, I returned home to work alongside my father growing around 60% cotton—with the rest in rice and soybeans. My operation has a total of about 10 employees—one of whom started working for my grandfather in 1968, Charles Patton. I am a flexible grower, trying new technologies or practices to save water and energy. I’m not afraid to experiment with computer programs and variable rate technology. I was named 2015 Arkansas Farmer of the Year and Arkansas Business 2019 40 Under 40. I live with my wife Kristin and my four children.

As science, the research and studies continue to reveal, biotech crops are continuing to improve our environment, allow us to grow more on less land and improve in areas we never imagined before. As a cotton and corn producer, to me the biggest benefit has been our drastic reduction in pesticide applications.